Sage was named Australia’s best fine-dining restaurant, pipping at the post the likes of Shannon Bennett’s lauded Vue De Monde in Melbourne and NSW Blue Mountains favourite Silk’s Brasserie.
Kingston’s buzzing East Hotel, meanwhile, home to Joe’s Bar and the popular Agostinis Italian restaurant, took out 23rd spot among Australia’s top 25 hotels.
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Sage Dining Rooms head chef Thomas Heinrich says the restaurant’s commitment to sourcing sustainable produce from local and national producers has contributed to its success, which also includes accolades from Australian Gourmet Traveller, Australian Good Food Guide, Qantas Magazine and the Savour Awards.
“Sage is also proud to have an exceptional line-up of excellent local wines,” Mr Heinrich said, adding that his top pick from the current Sage menu is tuna tartare with truffle and 64-degree egg, paired with a sparkling from the Mount Majura Vineyard.
“The wine lifts the beautifully clean flavours of the tuna while holding its own alongside local Canberra truffles from Jayson Mesman of The Truffle Farm.”
Other powerhouses in the Sage team include front of house Luke Marosszeky, formerly of Sydney’s award-winning Rockpool and Regatta restaurants. Sage is located in a tranquil garden setting within Braddon’s Gorman Arts Centre and has recently restarted its Friday and Saturday lunch service of two or three-course meals, plus a five-course chef selection, following COVID-19 restrictions.
“I’m incredibly proud of the amazing staff at all of our restaurants,” Sage co-owner Pete Harrington said. “Their commitment to providing the best hospitality experiences is second to none and receiving an award of this magnitude is an honour that acknowledges the care, hard work, passion and long hours put in.”